I really enjoy tip toeing through stores like Pottery Barn and IKEA. They have such a variety to choose from and would fit anyone’s taste.
Well as it so happens I saw this great outdoor rug and thought to myself (insert thought bubble)…..I know I could make that myself it can’t be that difficult….Right? Well, there it was an IKEA inspiration was born.
Outdoor Rug (the grass woven type seem to work best)
Paint (your choice of color)
Copy of your image made to the scale you want
For my first attempt at this project I wanted to use a slightly less expensive rug, just in case I made mistakes that could not be corrected. I decided to use my last name initial. I wante to look for a font that was a little more forgiving and found the Georgia font. I enlarged the size so it would be more to the scale of the rug. I had a little help doing this for more than the computer would allow. I have a overhead projector…..I know it is “old school”, but it has comes in very handy at times.
I cut the initial out of regular copy paper to allow me to get the right size I needed.
I then traced the image on a heavier construction/poster paper to transfer on to my rug. Note to self…..white poster paper is easier to see your lines.
Here is my initial cut from the poster paper
I placed a few pieces of tape on the initial to hold it down while I traced it onto the outdoor rug. This keeps in place so you don’t have any trace overs.
Here you can see where I traced my initial onto the outdoor rug.
I began to paint in the initial. I used an outdoor paint for this project and it should hold up to weather longer. I put about 3-4 coats to make sure I filled in all of the areas on the rug (this was due to the particular weave of the outdoor rug I used).
Here it is…..my finished project!! Not to bad if I say so myself. If you were looking closely you can see in the above image the outer edge is the same color as the rug. I decided to paint the outer edge…..I think it really pulls it together. This was a pretty easy project. There are several steps, but now since I have done this I feel like I can do it again and eliminate some of them.
Do you have any IKEA or Party Barn inspired projects that you have done?